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3 Consumer Trends Set to Impact Grocery Inventory in 2018

Consumer trends are a strong force in influencing grocery store inventory from year to year––something inventory managers need to keep their finger on. Unfortunately, finding the time to pick through market research is easier said than done for busy store leaders.

To help you paint a clearer picture for the rest of this year (and likely beyond), we’ve gathered some recent consumer grocery trends that may be worth considering when planning inventory changes in the near future.

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Survey Result: Poor quality/expired food is a primary reason shoppers stop shopping with you

This post is excerpted from our latest eBook, The Impact of Expired Products on Supermarket Sales & Shopping Behavior: A 2018 Survey Report. We recently completed a market study surveying grocery shoppers on actions they take upon finding expired food items at a grocery store. This post will examine a particular finding from the survey….

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Survey Result: Poor supermarket experiences can go viral in your community

This post is excerpted from our latest eBook, The Impact of Expired Products on Supermarket Sales & Shopping Behavior: A 2018 Survey Report. We recently completed a market study surveying grocery shoppers on actions they take upon finding expired food items at a grocery store. This post will examine a particular finding from the survey….

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Survey Result: Expired products hurt sales, not just shrink

This post is excerpted from our latest eBook, The Impact of Expired Products on Supermarket Sales & Shopping Behavior: A 2018 Survey Report. We recently completed a market study surveying grocery shoppers on actions they take upon finding expired food items at a grocery store. This post will examine a particular finding from the survey….

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Survey Result: Consumers Check Expiration Dates–A Lot

This post is excerpted from our latest eBook, The Impact of Expired Products on Supermarket Sales & Shopping Behavior: A 2018 Survey Report. We recently completed a market study surveying grocery shoppers on actions they take upon finding expired food items at a grocery store. This post will examine the methods used along with a…

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The Impact of Expired Products on Supermarket Sales & Shopping Behavior

This post is excerpted from our latest eBook, The Impact of Expired Products on Supermarket Sales & Shopping Behavior: A 2018 Survey Report. Despite potentially serious implications for supermarkets, the lack of solid research examining the connection between expired food and shopper behavior has largely left supermarkets in the dark about what shoppers do when…

Millennials & Grocery: Shopping Trends for 2018

Millennials & Grocery: Shopping Trends for 2018

Just about every industry is trying to figure out how millenials stand to disrupt traditional norms and buying habits––including the grocery and broader retail world. For grocers looking to orient themselves within the broader supermarket and retail environment in 2018, we’ve gathered recent industry data to highlight the trends that are most likely to solidify…

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3 Lessons from Walmart on the Future of Grocery Store Shrink Control

In 2015, Walmart reported $300m in revenue lost to theft alone. When combined with other contributors to total shrink, it’s no wonder why the retailer has recently launched a series of new initiatives to get a better handle on these losses. Like other retailers, both large and small, Walmart’s plan to combat the industry’s alarmingly…

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The Growing Problem of Organic Food Expiration: What AP/LP Professionals Need to Know

Organic foods, particularly produce, have risen in popularity among grocery shoppers throughout the past few years. According to the latest numbers from the Organic Trade Association, organic sales in the United States in 2016 reached about $47 billion, reflecting new sales of almost $3.7 billion—a clear surge as the food market overall remained stagnant. While…

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4 Ways Supermarkets Can Build a Shrink Elimination Culture

Supermarket and retail shrink is a battle that may never truly end, but is increasingly being better handled by companies investing themselves in finding new ways to reduce it.

We’ve covered some of the specific tools and strategies supermarkets and retailers are using to win the war on shrink, but this time, we thought we’d step back to consider how leaders can power their shrink elimination efforts by making it a core pillar of their company culture.